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Course module: 500819-M-15
Course info
Course module500819-M-15
Credits (ECTS)15
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Medical and Clinical Psychology; Medical and Clinical Psychology;
Is part of
M Medical Psychology
dr. H.M. Kupper
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Coordinator course
dr. S.S. Soedamah-Muthu
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dr. S.S. Soedamah-Muthu
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prof. dr. J. de Vries
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prof. dr. J.W.M.G. Widdershoven
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Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
Registration openfrom 13/08/2019 up to and including 21/08/2020
The course aim to provide knowledge of physiological and pathological aspects of four examplary diseases, i.e., oncology, cardiovascular diseases, lung disease, and diabetes. In addition, students must acquire insight in the clinical practice of physicians. Finally, students must acquire insight in the various aspects from medical psychology and medicine that separately and together play a role in the diseases teached.


In order to participate in the lectures, students are obligated to study the literature and make assignments before coming to class.

Required Prerequisites

Exclusively for students who are admitted to the master Medical Psychology
The course is divided into four modules. The physiological and pathological aspects of the four modules are discussed together with the particular medical psychological aspects of four examplary themes: oncology (4 weeks), cardiovascular diseases (4 weeks), pulmonary diseases (4 weeks) and diabetes (2 weeks). These modules are taught by physicians and psychologists together. Prior to the modules, one lecture is reserved for explanation of the course.
Apart from general physiological principles of the particular organsystems, etiology, and modern diagnostic possibilities and treatments are discussed concerning various diseases, such as breast cancer, myocard infarction, peripheral arterial disease, dyspnea in relation to asthma and COPD, and diabetes.

In part 2 of the course Medical Psychology, that is integrated in the current course, several topics are discussed. This are mainly quality of life; the role of personality factors on the development of morbidity and mortality and adaptation to disease; problems specifically related to the particular diseases, such as adherence in cardiovascular disease, life style change in pulmonary disease and diabetes. Anxiety, depressive symptoms and stress in cardiovascular disease and cancer will be discussed from the relation with quality of life, as risk factors for disease, and as aim of psychological interventions. The choice for these subjects is based on the problems that patients with different diseases experience and concepts that are important in that respect.

Type of instructions


Type of exams

open-ended questions and during the course making of assignments and giving presentations

Compulsory Reading
  1. Literatuur volgt via Blackboard.

Recommended Reading
  1. Underwood JCE, General and Systematic Pathology, Churchill Livingstone, 2004, ISBN 0443073341.
Contact person
S. Diesbergen
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